New insights into the catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles for CO oxidation in electrochemical media

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  • Leiden University
  • University of Bristol
  • Leiden Institute of Chemistry


This study reports the interaction between metal oxides and gold in acidic media and its effect on the electrochemical oxidation of carbon monoxide. We describe the oxidation of CO in acidic media on Au nanoparticles of 3 and 7 nm on different oxide supports, diamond and carbon electrodes. In addition, the effect of a TiOx support on Au nanoparticles was mimicked by supporting TiOx nanoparticles on bulk gold. The comparison of these two systems strongly suggests that electronic interactions between Au and TiOx, rather than Au nanoparticle size effects, are the driving force of the catalytic activity in Au–TiOx.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-189
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Catalysis
Early online date25 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014


  • Gold catalysis, Carbon monoxide, Electrochemistry, Nanoparticles, Metal oxides